The Lunchbox – India – 2014 – Comedy/Romance. “The Lunchbox is the kind of picture that envelopes you like a warm blanket, charming you with its slow-building affection and life-altering curries.” Jess Lomas, Quickflix Middle class housewife Ila hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox… Continue reading The Lunchbox
Cherry Blossoms – Germany (Japan) 2009 – Drama. “A lyrical attempt to make sense of grief that appeals shamelessly to the heart rather than the head.” John Frotgang, Film 4. While terminally ill, a German man tries in vain to reconnect with his children, only to suddenly lose his wife. The widower is devastated to discover too… Continue reading Cherry Blossoms
Departures – Japan – 2009 – Drama. “A moving celebration of life through showing reverence for death.” Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter. Daigo, an unemployed cellist, answers a classified ad for a company called “Departures,” mistakenly assuming that he will be working for a travel agency. Upon discovering that he will actually be preparing the bodies of the… Continue reading Departures
Cave of the Yellow Dog – Mongolia – 2005 – Drama/documentary. Follow the life of a 6-year old Mongolian girl and the dog she adopts in spite of her father’s disapproval. “This is no heart-tugging family drama; rather it’s a contemplative, compassionate portrait of a hardy people. Offered as a borderline documentary, it proceeds in… Continue reading Cave of the Yellow Dog
Road Home, The – China – 2001 – Drama/Romance. “A layered, delicately but surely romantic tribute to the simplicity and grace of a bygone era..”- Detroit News. When his father dies, Luo Yasheng returns from the city to his childhood village where his father was the much-loved local teacher. But what begins as a short… Continue reading Road Home, The
Story of the Weeping Camel – Mongolia/Germany – 2004 – Drama. “A beautiful little film that hovers somewhere between eye-popping documentary and warm-hearted fable.”-Fresno Bee. “A beautiful and delicate reminder of the myriad ways in which life is lived on this huge planet of ours.”-Miami Herald. Springtime in the Gobi Desert. A family of… Continue reading Story of the Weeping Camel, The
Shall We Dance? – Japan – 1996 – Comedy/Drama. “Good-natured, lighthearted, and a look inside Japanese society to boot.”-Movie Habit. A smash hit in Japan, it tells the warm, frequently funny story of a middle-aged workaholic whose incredibly dull life takes a funny turn when he signs up for a ballroom dance class – just… Continue reading Shall We Dance?